Why Preschool? The Benefits of Placing Your Child in a Preschool Program
- by Karl
Sitting at a playground listening to other mothers discuss the future of their child, the key topic is the discussion of preschool. Many are bragging about their child’s preschool and the high level of education that their son will receive before he is even really required to go to school. While others are still trying to find that perfect school which can educate their child beyond the kindergarten years. An intellectual, non-mother might ask, why is preschool so important and what are the pros and cons of sending your child to school at such an early age? Preschool is seen as the seed of our children’s education. Education is thought to be implemented at a young age in order to set the standard for future schooling.
One popular book is the Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus. One of the many topics in this book is the ridiculous measures some parents take to get their child into the most prestigious preschool. The mother in the story, Mrs. X, has many different conversations with parents, as well as an “application coach”, in order to place her son in the “right” preschool. Parents are deeply concerned about their child’s education and making sure the correct impression is made upon both their peers and their child’s future needs. Though this is an extreme case, preschool really is a good source of education as long as the school focuses on letting the children be children.
The famous Japanese violin teacher and educationist, Shinichi Suzuki, once explained, “The destiny of children lies in the hands of their parents.” The direction and the quality of this destiny are largely determined — by the parents — in the first seven years of the child’s life. Children who do have early exposure to learning at a young age are able to truly understand the importance of education in their life. Instead of thinking of school as something they have to do, these children will see school has an asset in bettering themselves. Teaching a child that education is important is how parents can raise a successful child.
There is more to preschool than just coloring books and painting pictures. Each process develops the child’s mind into thinking with a new attitude. Research has shown children enrolled in good preschool programs tend to have a positive transition into kindergarten, are more successful in later school years and show higher verbal and intellectual development than children who do not attend high quality programs.
Some interested points have been made as to why preschool is important. One interested aspect found is the concept of Language. Language should be developed at a young age and is the basis of teaching a child how to read. It has been said that children learn most of their language skills by the age of 8, making preschool an important learning tool in developing their speaking skills. Usually in preschool, the same books are read over and over again. This is because, “Effective language acquisition is dependent upon ample repetition of the same words, phrases and language structures” (DR. JAN STRYDOM & BENETTA STRYDOM). Children learn by repeating words, which is easily developed in a preschool.
Another positive point of preschool is Disciplined and Work Ethics that are quickly developed in a preschool environment. It might seem strange to have the word “discipline” and preschool, but discipline is easily established in the repetition of routine and the developmental structure of the schools. Their attitudes will adjust to focusing on learning and they will develop a basis for their concentration routine which will build into their elementary education. Their Work Ethics will develop by placing their mind into an educational mode. It really is a simple concept.
The most important aspect of preschool is the social competence developed by the students.
Moreover, these children demonstrate high levels of social competence – self-esteem, social behavior, and motivation – a critical predictor of adult adaptation. Under the guidance of responsive and consistent teachers in a nurturing environment and communication with parents, children learn important social skills such as initiating and developing satisfying relationships with adults and peers; developing the ability to regulate emotions; communicating needs, desires and difficulties; and engaging in age-appropriate problem solving; are all acquired.
Preschool students will have the social abilities in place, before kindergarten, and will be able to contribute to the classroom in a positive manner. Preschool programs build on children’s strengths and allow them to achieve their potential.
After the preschool year, children will have respect for their teachers, their, peers, and their community. They will have a love for learning and have learned to love themselves.
High-quality preschools are hard to find.
What should be an exciting time for parents is often stressful and difficult?
Whiz Kidz Preschools work with other schools in our area, offering connections that you can’t find anywhere else.
Whiz Kidz Preschool
1442 E Chandler Blvd suite 101, Phoenix, AZ 85048
Sitting at a playground listening to other mothers discuss the future of their child, the key topic is the discussion of preschool. Many are bragging about their child’s preschool and the high level of education that their son will receive before he is even really required to go to school. While others are still trying…